Great(er) Expectations

Three weeks into the CFL season and the Toronto Argonauts are in the middle of something they have not experienced in three years: a winning streak.

Sure, it’s an incredibly modest two-game streak, but it’s an improvement from the horror that was the 2009 season. And after a major roster turnover in the offseason, complete with three new quarterbacks with zero CFL starts between them, not many people expected 2010 to start this well.

And it’s obvious that no one in the organization wants to stop:

“Whenever you start winning games back to back everyones getting into that momentum,” said linebacker Kevin Eiben “so we’re going to this game making sure everyones prepared, making sure we keep up that energy…”

Eiben was a major part of last week’s win over Calgary in the home opener, grabbing two of Toronto’s four interceptions in the game. A longtime Argo, Eiben has seen the highs and he’s seen the lows while wearing the double-blue. He believes credit should be paid all around the organization for this year’s turnaround, with special kudos given to Jim Barker and the coaching staff:

“If you have a coach thats making sure you’re motivated for the games making sure your prepared your gonna wanna get out there and put everything on the field.”

Eiben also credits the strong bond between players in the locker room, and on the field:

“We just want to bring that brotherhood, that’s the word is around here; brotherhood. Everyone’s coming together as a team, when your on the field making sure you’re doing your job and everybody else can do theirs and get some victories.”

Now Toronto is faced with an issue they haven’t had to deal with in a long time: the expectation to win. The 2010 Argonauts have shown in a short period that they can hang with the top teams in the league, and whether it’s fair or not they’ll be expected to do so every week for the next little while. Rest assured, it’s not going to have any affect on the Argonaut roster:

“We’re expected to win every week.” said Eiben. “We’re expected to be prepared, we’re expected to go out there and leave it out on the field. We should win every game we go out and prepare for.”

Argos Game Preview for July 23rd:
The 2-1 Argonauts host the 1-2 BC Lions at the Rogers Centre on Friday. The Argonauts are looking for their for three-game win streak since winning seven straight to end the 2007 season. Starting at pivot for the Lions will be Travis Lulay, a second year CFL-QB making his first start in Canada. Lulay is taking over for the injured Casey Printers.

Kickoff at 7:30 PM at the Rogers Centre.
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